Divorce in Zambia’s eastern province – the country’s main agricultural hub is on course to rise for a second year, reports the state-owned Zambia Daily Mail newspaper.
In the last eight months close to 3,400 couples in the east filed for divorce, it reports.
The cases were filed between January and August – with the majority of couples citing adultery as the main reason they want the courts to dissolve their marriages.
Other reasons are gender-based violence, which has risen according to a recent report, and cruelty among spouses.
Last year, 4,441 divorce cases were recorded but this year’s number is on course to surpass that number.
The Zambia Daily Mail report says most marriages have been dissolved to avoid domestic violence which could escalate and lead to loss of life.
In 2021, the country recorded more than 22,000 divorce cases, with eastern province top of the list.